Bills Pick Up 5th-Year Option On Marcell Dareus

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Adam Schefter is reporting that the Buffalo Bills have exercised their fifth year option on defensive tackle Marcell Dareus.

The third overall pick in the 2011 draft, Dareus is coming off his best season as a pro with a combined 71 tackles and 7.5 sacks, both career-highs for the former Alabama Crimson Tide champion.

The option means the Bills will pay Dareus in excess of $7 million in 2015, but reports say they would prefer to lock the pro bowl defensive tackle up long-term.

“It’s on our radar, but right now we prioritize things,” said Bills general manager Doug Whaley, via BuffaloBills.com. “With this system there’s a lot of things you want to get done. There’s a lot of things you can’t get done because of the cap situation. … I believe our cap situation we can get done what we need to get done, but you won’t get done the laundry list of things that you want to get done.”

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